MINSK, 21 November (BelTA) – No decisions have been made to set up checkpoints at the Belarusian-Russian border, BelTA learned from State Secretary of the Union State of Belarus and Russia Grigory Rapota on 21 November. The official took part in a joint session of the boards of the Belarusian and Russian ministries of foreign affairs.
The official said: “No decisions have been made. Meticulous, rather intensive work is in progress to get the mutual visa recognition agreement approved. It is up to the ministries of foreign affairs and all the relevant agencies to decide what organizational measures this process will be accompanied with.”
Grigory Rapota stressed that the freedom of travel of citizens of Belarus and Russia will not be restricted. “Everything will be done to give the same freedom of travel to third-country citizens with Belarusian or Russian visas,” assured the official.
In his words, participants of a recent session of the Union State Council of Ministers high-level group in Minsk decided to sign the draft agreement on mutual visa recognition by the end of the year. “Let's wait for the results,” he said.More about Society